Could you join the Queens of Neon? Midnight Walk set to help hospice

CHARITY FUN ... Launch of St Clare's Hospice midnight walk 2015.'from left staff Pat Ogilvie, day patient Maureen Greenhaff, Sonia Graham and Tyler Anderson
CHARITY FUN ... Launch of St Clare's Hospice midnight walk 2015.'from left staff Pat Ogilvie, day patient Maureen Greenhaff, Sonia Graham and Tyler Anderson

A SOUTH Tyneside hospice is asking women to put on their walking boots to raise some funds.

St Clare’s Hospice is looking for people to take part in its annual Midnight Walk.

People taking part in the St Clare's Hospice Midnight Walk in 2013.

People taking part in the St Clare's Hospice Midnight Walk in 2013.

The event, on Saturday, June 20, has a neon theme.

The five-mile circular route starts at Temple Park Centre, in John Reid Road, South Shields.

The walk has been raising funds for the hospice, which provides palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses, for the past seven years and has raised more than £80,000.

Marie Campbell, St Clare’s fundraising manager, said: “Our Midnight Walk is always a fantastic evening filled with uplifting stories, inspirational women and a really positive atmosphere.

We really want to see as many ladies as possible putting their best foot forward for us.

Marie Campbell, St Clare’s fundraising manager

“Previous participants have told us about the huge sense of achievement they feel when they have completed the walk.

“Not only will their fundraising help our patients now, it will support families to make the most of the time they have left with their loved ones and to create lasting memories.”

This year the hospice is inviting those taking part to don their neon accessories, such as legwarmers, headbands, jewellery or even a tutu.

Marie added: “Last year our theme was a pyjama party and walkers really embraced it, many wearing their onesies. This year we have chosen an optional neon theme as we think it will be really fun and unite the ladies together to stand out in the night.

“We really want to see as many ladies as possible putting their best foot forward for us.”

The Midnight Walk is open to women aged 12 and over, but under 18s need to be accompanied 
by an adult. The registration fee is £15 per person, which includes a goodie bag.

Walkers will also be given a hot breakfast sandwich and a drink to thank them for turning out in the middle of the night.

Participants should aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. Once registered, each participant will receive a sponsorship pack containing everything they need to start fundraising.

St Clare’s Hospice has been providing care to the local community since 1987 and offers a range of services for patients and their families. Its holistic approach aims to address not just physical symptoms but also spiritual and emotional needs too.

Visit www.stclareshospice.co.uk to download a registration form, call 451 6400, or email fundraising@stclareshospice.co.uk for more information.

The hospice also need volunteers on the night to assist with registration, marshalling the route, giving out medals and tidying up the site.

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